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prof. dr. Roger Scruton

prof. dr. Roger Scruton

Conservative writer, philosopher and public commentator
Taal : Engels

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Roger Scruton is currently Research Professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences where he teaches philosophy at their graduate school in both Washington and Oxford. He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the

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Roger Scruton is currently Research Professor for the Institute for the Psychological Sciences where he teaches philosophy at their graduate school in both Washington and Oxford.

He is a writer, philosopher and public commentator. He has specialised in aesthetics with particular attention to music and architecture. He engages in contemporary political and cultural debates from the standpoint of a conservative thinker and is well known as a powerful polemicist. He has written widely in the press on political and cultural issues.

Roger Scruton’s most recent books are England: an Elegy (Continuum, Books, 2000), an attempt to give identity to the idea of England and a tribute to its values and institutions; Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (Oxford University Press, 2003), an analysis of the musical and spiritual meaning of Wagner’s work; News from Somewhere: On Settling (Continuum Books, 2003), an evocative account of the author’s attempt to put down roots in rural Wiltshire; A Political Philosophy (Continuum Books, 2006), a thoughtful response to the development and decline of western civilization, The West and the Rest (ISI Books, 2001), an analysis of the values held by the ‘West’ and how they are distinct from those held by other cultures. Gentle Regrets (Continuum, 2006) and On Hunting (Random House, 1998) are two autobiographical works. 2007 sees the publication of Culture Counts: Faith and Healing in a World besieged (Encounter Books 2007) and a third edition of A Dictionary of Political Thought (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) which provides a concise and comprehensive collection of definitions for political thought and processes.

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The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought

Titel: The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Political Thought
Schrijver: Roger Scruton
Uitegeverij: Palgrave Macmillan
Uitvoering: 760 pagina's, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1403-9895-12

Roger Scruton's Dictionary of Political Thought has been widely acclaimed as a profound and incisive guide to political ideas. This new edition takes stock of the revolutionary political changes that have taken place since the dictionary was first published in 1982, bringing the Dictionary right up to date.

Some 1790 entries cover every aspect of political thought, defining concepts and ideologies, surveying the arguments on issues, giving capsule histories of political institutions, and summarizing (with newly expanded treatment) the thought of major political theorists.

The Dictionary provides a readable and impartial survey of political thought, of immense value to students of political science, government, philosophy and jurisprudence as well as to the general reader with an interest in ideas. It is an indispensable guide to the thought, the wisdom and the folly of modern politics by one of the most lucid philosophers of our time.

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Culture Counts

Titel: Culture Counts: Faith and Feeling in a World Besieged
Schrijver: Roger Scruton
Uitgeverij: Encounter Books
Uitvoering: 136 pagina's, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1594-0319-46

What is culture? Why should we preserve it, and how? In this book, the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton defends Western culture against its internal critics and external enemies, and argues that rumors of its death are seriously exaggerated. He shows our culture to be a continuing source of moral knowledge, and rebuts the fashionable sarcasm that sees it as nothing more than the useless legacy of "dead white European males."

Ranging widely over the arts and philosophy, Scruton defends what Eliot called "the common pursuit of true judgment" against the dismissive attacks of the new academicians. In his striking account of music and its role in moral education, he defends the classical tradition as well as the American popular song, and points to the damage done to the psyche by the new forms of pop. He is robust in defense of traditional architecture and figurative painting; critical of the fashionable relativists and urgent in his plea for our civilization, which more than ever stands in need of the self-knowledge and self-confidence that are the gift of serious culture.

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News from Somewhere

Titel: News from Somewhere: On Settling
Schrijver: Roger Scruton
Uitgeverij: Continuum International Publishing Group
Uitvoering: 177 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0826-4909-19

For a number of years Roger Scruton has contributed a weekly article to the Financial Times on country matters. Always beautifully written, one of these pieces (Vegetables) won the 2002 prize from The Queen's English Society for the best piece of prose writing of the year.

These are not sentimental bucolic rambles. Scruton's prose is devoid of sentimentality and soggy nostalgia. Whatever he writes about, he always writes with serious purpose. He speaks up for the country dweller who sees his or her world eroded by the wishy-washy liberal commands of Blairite do-gooders who sit on their backsides in North West London pontificating about the needs of country people. Nature being red in tooth and claw is something that these people only know about from sitting in a classroom.

Farming issues are equally important in this book. The devastations of the foot and mouth crisis showed graphically how great is the divide between town and country dwellers. And when the fate of people in the countryside is decided by bureaucrats in Brussels and Strasbourg, their feeling of alienation is even greater.

These are the causes that Professor Scruton espouses and he has become their most intelligent, articulate and clear-thinking advocate.

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Gentle Regrets

Titel: Gentle Regrets: Thoughts from a Life
Schrijver: Roger Scruton
Uitgeverij: Continuum International Publishing Group
Uitvoering: 248 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-0826-04803-30

Roger Scruton is Britain's best known intellectual dissident, who has defended English traditions and English identity against an official culture of denigration. Although his writings on philosophical aesthetics have shown him to be a leading authority in the field, his defence of political conservatism has marked him out in academic circles as public enemy number one. Whether it is Scruton's opinions that get up the nose of his critics, or the wit and erudition with which he expresses them, there is no doubt that their noses are vastly distended by his presence, and constantly on the verge of a collective sneeze. Contrary to orthodox opinion, however, Roger Scruton is a human being, and Gentle Regrets contains the proof of it - a quiet, witty but also serious and moving account of the ways in which life brought him to think what he thinks, and to be what he is. His moving vignettes of his childhood and later influences illuminate this book. Love him or hate him, he will engage you in an argument that is both intellectually stimulating and informed by humour.

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Waarom cultuur belangrijk is

Titel:
 
Waarom cultuur belangrijk is
Auteur:
 
Roger Scruton
Uitgeverij:
 
Nieuw Amsterdam
Uitvoering:
 
Paperback, 144 pagina's
ISBN:
 
978-90-468-0390-5
 
 
 

Wat is cultuur? Waarom moeten we cultuur levend houden, en hoe? In dit boek verdedigt de gerenommeerde Britse filosoof Roger Scruton de westerse cultuur tegen haar interne critici en externe vijanden, en betoogt hij dat geruchten over de teloorgang van die cultuur sterk overdreven zijn. Hij beargumenteert dat onze cultuur een blijvende bron van morele kennis is en bestrijdt het modieuze sarcasme waarmee ze wordt afgedaan als het nutteloze erfgoed van 'dode, witte Europese mannen'.

Inspirerend essay van een gerenommeerd filosoof.

Scruton verdedigt 'de gemeenschappelijke zoektocht naar het juiste oordeel', zoals Eliot het noemde, tegen de laatdunkende aanvallen van de nieuwe academici. In een verrassende uiteenzetting over muziek en haar rol in de morele opvoeding neemt hij het op voor zowel de klassieke traditie als het Amerikaanse lied, en wijst hij op de schade die nieuwe vormen van popmuziek berokkenen aan de geest. Hij staat pal voor de traditionele architectuur en de figuratieve schilderkunst en haalt uit naar de modieuze relativisten. Hij pleit op een zeer dwingende en overtuigende manier voor onze beschaving, die meer dan ooit behoefte heeft aan de zelfkennis en het zelfvertrouwen die alleen de ware cultuur ons kan geven.